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that he understands this economy, the only thing he understands is kicking workers to the side of the road and turning them into road kill and taking the money and going out the back door. and, oh, by the way, having the money planted overseas. ask yourself the question, is this the economy you want in america? that's "the ed show." i'm ed schultz. "the rachel maddow show" starts right now. good evening, ed. amazing show tonight. amazing. thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour. in the last presidential campaign in 2008 when colin powell stopped holding his cards close to his vest, and decided to make his endorsement in the presidential race between barack obama and john mccain that year, colin powell choosing obama for his endorsement was pretty much the last thing in the world the mccain campaign needed to hear. at that point, they were already becoming a really evident long shot. the race was starting to increasingly look like it wasn't even going to be close. and the colin powell endorsement just took the wind out of the
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mccain campaign's sails. john mccain responded to the endorsement that same day by going on fox news and sighing that, well, it wasn't all that much of a surprise. he at least, though, was able to say even if he did not have colin powell's endorsement, he did have endorsements from some other former republican secretaries of state. so at least he had those names to offer for counterbalance. the romney campaign's counterbalance tonight to them losing the colin powell endorsement this year is a whole different kind of counterbalance. >> you want to call me crazy, go to hell. call me crazy all you want. >> this morning, on cbs, republican former secretary of state colin powell officially endorsed barack obama. that's on one side of the race today. on the other side of the race today, well, tonight actually, as we speak, the romney campaign is hosting a gala fund-raiser in texas with former vice president dick cheney and this guy.
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>> tonight, it's big boy time. tonight is not an episode that you casually watch and take out of context. tonight you must consider the unthinkable. this is the jesus side. this is what's in the book of revelation of the antichrist. i did this five years ago and about wet my pants when i did the research on this. we're going to take a break. wait until you get to the mark of the beast, next. capitalist, if you think you can play footsies with these people, you're wrong. they will come for you and drag you into the streets and kill you. they will do it. they're not messing around. you'll never guess how many pillars the president is going to focus on tonight. yeah. yeah. five. five. the five pillars. i mean, you see, you're upsetting the bunny, really. really. has anybody ever heard of the five pillars of islam? >> easy with the live bunny.
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what did the bunny do to deserve that? i always wondered. i have to say, my other favorite glenn beck moment from this moment in american politics is when he said protests against republicans stripping union rights in wisconsin, those protests were obviously going to be the start of a nationwide and then worldwide insurrection. and then, of course, possibly the end of the world. >> the story that everybody should be focused on today is not the kardashians or anything else. the one that should be on everybody's mind is happening today in wisconsin. it's about the people looking to create chaos on the backs of the worker when the world's focus is on egypt. the financial pressure that is coming is going to mean the demonstrations, protests, god forbid riots, and maybe worse, are coming. how do you know when you're entering the last days? well, it's, quite honestly, it's almost like how do you know when jesus is coming back?
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it's seven years of nightmare and it's just growing problems. it's chaos. and it's war. >> that's who's hosting the mitt romney campaign gala fund-raiser tonight. in texas. along with dick cheney. they will be joined by mr. romney's son, josh romney, who will be attending in person. as will the chairman of the republican party, the nationwide one. and they will be getting an exclusive video address from the vice presidential nominee of the republican party, paul ryan. you know what's interesting? in this last couple weeks of the campaign as the republican side has been trying to win over undecided voters in the swing states, trying to make mr. romney seem as moderate as possible, in order to do that they have sort of submarined paul ryan a little bit. they're putting him out at some events but not very many. yesterday, for example, on the campaign trail, paul ryan had exactly one event. it was a policy speech. it was a policy speech they timed to take place at the exact same time as a big mitt romney
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event in nevada. the romney campaign at least online did not go out of their way to provide the video of the paul ryan event or any of the highlights. again, that was the only public event that paul ryan had yesterday. we are now learning that while they are keeping paul ryan more out of public view than you would think at this point in the campaign, they are having paul ryan appear at all sorts of fund-raisers these days. fund-raisers this late in the game. they're fund-raisers in states that are definitely not swing states. it's not just this texas fund-raiser tonight with glenn beck and dick cheney, last night paul ryan was in georgia. this morning before the glenn beck event, paul ryan was at another event in texas. not a swing state. tomorrow he's scheduled to do two separate fund-raisers in south carolina and then tomorrow afternoon he's heading off to the great swing state of alabama. he's going to be in huntsville, alabama. this is not a persuade the undecided voters kind of schedule. this is a where can we stash this guy where we're sure he's not going to get any hard questions schedule?
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alabama sounds good. how about texas? can we get him into a glenn beck/dick cheney event? is glenn beck still around? paul ryan has two events in virginia today. when they do have him in a place like cleveland, where he gave this all but secret policy speech yesterday, they have taken care to put him in an environment in which he's taking precisely zero questions. i mean, at that cleveland policy speech, he's walking up to the microphone, turning the microphone on, giving a scripted speech, turning the microphone off and leaving. get me to georgia, stat. you can see from what the rest of the romney campaign is going through right now why they would be taking pains to keep paul ryan on a schedule like this. >> all right. i'll come around through there. >> governor, do you wish that senator mourdock would pull that ad? >> which way are we going? >> that was mitt romney at a diner in cincinnati this morning. governor, do you wish senator mourdock would pull that ad?
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romney says, let's say, which way are we going? ostentatiously not answering questions. pretending not even to hear questions about the latest republican u.s. senate candidate who has decided to opine on the nuances of rape, god, biology, and what he would like to have the government force rape victims to do against their will. mitt romney ignored three separate reporters who asked him about richard mourdock at that diner this morning. he then ignored two more questions on the subject during a campaign stop outside of columbus, ohio. now, when your running mate is a guy who believes the same thing as the rape mumbling senate candidates richard mourdock and todd akin, not only do you have to ignore press questions about that policy, but you cannot put your running mate in a position where he's maybe going to have to answer questions about that. not with 12 days left. you need to send that guy to alabama. you need to send him to glenn beck ville. paul ryan has been essentially hidden on the only talk to the far right fringe base of the tour. mitt romney, himself, picked up
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the pace a little bit from yesterday when he had a very slow day. today mr. romney had three separate campaign stops all in ohio. the real story in terms of campaign ambition right now, though, continues to be president obama, himself, who right now is finish up a 48 hour overnight nap on the plane, eight state campaign marathon. >> we are pulling an all-nighter. no sleep. and if you're not going to sleep, you might as well be in vegas. >> that was president obama at around 1:00 a.m. eastern time in las vegas last night. 1:00 a.m. and then by 7:00 this morning, there he was in tampa, florida, delivering krispy kreme doughnuts to some local firefighters, ultimately. a few hours after that, there he was in richmond, virginia, firing up an -- look at the size of the crowd. an estimated crowd of 15,000 people who turned out on a thursday afternoon in richmond, virginia, to hear him speak.
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the president's final campaign appearance of the day came just a short time ago in cleveland, ohio. and once this swing state is done tonight it's not like this is it for the president in terms of its campaign blitz. the campaign announced joint rallies on monday with president obama and former president bill clinton in orlando, florida, in youngstown, ohio, and print william county, virginia. those will all be on monday. they're apparently going to keep up the sprint from there. in terms of the state of the race right now, we have new nbc news polling numbers out tonight. the new nbc news/marist poll shows in the great state of colorado the race right now is tied. and in nearby nevada, president obama is up by three points in the new nbc poll. new polls from the democratic leaning group ppp show in virginia president obama leading by five points. same group shows the race in north carolina to be a tie right now. the right leaning poll, rasmussen, also polled virginia today. they found that in virginia it's mitt romney who is up by two
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points. rasmussen also polled pennsylvania, and, again, this is the right leaning polling firm rasmussen. they found in pennsylvania that president obama had a five-point lead. if you want to start tuning out specific polls right now, and just wait for the actual results on election night, i have to tell you, i'll keep reporting the polls but it is not an irrational way to approach this. if you want to ignore the poll numbers from here on out, it makes sense. look at whatever polling makes you feel more informed. the spoiler alert from now until tuesday the 6th, the more you look at the polls the more you can safely come to the conclusion it is a really close race and the polls maybe tell you more about the polls than they do about the electorate now. we will not know until election day who is actually going to win. because of that, the thing worth paying attention to substantively now, in terms of what might shift the race one way or another is if there are material substantive changes in american politics right now that might get the attention of the people who haven't been persuaded by either candidate so
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far. something that will appeal to somebody who sees themselves as right in the middle. someone who is going to vote or who might be persuaded to vote but who really doesn't yet have a preference between these two candidates. what is the kind of thing that might make a difference to that kind of american at this point? who is the kind of person who has the kind of credibility that might appeal to somebody who is right in the middle of the electorate right now and not sure which way they're going to go? whose endorsement has more centrist gravitas than any other endorsement in the nation? i would argue that person is colin powell, same as in 2008. his remarks today on cbs endorsing president obama is important not just for the fact he endorsed president obama but for the way he explained his decision. >> will you endorse president obama this race? >> well, you know, i voted for him in 2008 and i plan to stick with him in 2012 and i'll be voting for he and for vice president joe biden next month.
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not only am i uncomfortable with what governor romney is proposing for his economic plan, i have concerns about his views on foreign policy. i mean, it's a moving target. one day he has a certain strong view about staying in afghanistan, but then on monday night he agrees with the withdrawal. same thing in iraq. on almost every issue that was discussed on monday night, governor romney agreed with the president with some nuances. but this is quite a different set of foreign policy views than he had earlier in the campaign. and my concern, which i've expressed previously in a public way, is that sometimes i don't sense that he has thought through these issues as thoroughly as he should have. there are other issues as well, not just the economy and foreign policy. i'm more comfortable with president obama and his administration when it comes to issues like what are we going to do about climate? what are we going to do about immigration? what are we going to do about education? lots of things like that. i also saw the president get us out of one war, start to get us
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out of a second war and did not get us into any new wars. and finally, i think that the actions he has taken with respect to protecting us from terrorism have been very, very solid. and so i think we ought to keep on the track that we are on. >> you know, there are lots of newspapers who are making their endorsements these days. the "washington post," for example, also endorsed president obama today. there will be other previous politicians, current politicians, and just famous people in america who make endorsements between now and election day. to my mind, this endorsement today from colin powell is the only one that has any real political heft that anybody was waiting for particularly because of the way it might appeal to people who hadn't otherwise made up their mind but might vote between now and november 6th. or on election day. that said, consider the other side. tonight is the mitt romney/glenn beck event, after all. >> what is wrong with us, america? why are people not in the
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streets? your republic is over. >> that was about wall street reform. yeah, dodd/frank, remember when that ended the country? sorry. amazing. joining us now is frank rich, "new york magazine"'s writer at large. thank you for being here. >> great to be here as always. >> i love the opportunity to trip down glenn beck memory lane. >> oh, this is just the tip of an insane iceberg. i might add. >> i am amazed to see him come back into presidential politics. i've been thinking about this this week with the donald trump stupidity, right? donald trump has his latest insulting publicity stunt. and the thing that is lost on everybody in wanting to even not talk about it is donald trump has been brought to the center of the mitt romney campaign. he does fund-raisers with him, they do joint appearances together. paul ryan and donald trump are doing a joint appearance in new york city just a couple weeks ago. now glen beck is doing a gala fund-raiser with dick cheney
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with 12 days to go before the election. i can't -- >> first of all, the glenn beck thing, to me, suggests he's still trying to win over the base of the republican party. or the craziest part of the base. but as you indicated, he's trying, romney is trying to hide his real positions, have this mask of moderation. he's running a pseudo pro-choice. i don't even want to dignify it with that label. ad. and so, and he's trying to, you know, put mourdock in the closet with akin. and, yet, it's all undone by appearance by glenn beck or donald trump. at the same time, on the foreign policy front, after presenting himself in the last debate as a peace nick, who said, i don't want to have another iraq or afghanistan. you know, he took back every single position -- this is, of course, what colin powell was alluding to -- to be involved with dick cheney, completely undoes that. dick cheney is the foreign policy who supposedly disowning
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last week. >> that's why i feel like this is important because i feel like the way the beltway is talking about this and the way mitt romney as a politician is being communicated to the country right now is he's pivoted to the center, he's showing his moderate side. he had to appear to be conservative in order to get the nomination. now he wants the country to know how moderate he is. he's doing a kitchen sink approach with he's doing everything all at once. he's still doing dick cheney, glenn beck, sending paul ryan to alabama and all these other places where he can speak freely. >> exactly. >> while he's making the moderation turn at the same time. that can't be tenable. >> no. no one knows who the real mitt romney is, as, you know, he's a hologram, really, and it changes every other minute. we all know that. but i would say if you really want -- if a voter who's undecided wants an indicator of who he is, look at paul ryan who as you say is now being in the witness protection program for the next ten days so people won't look at him. but that's the guy who's going to be calling the shots. the ideological shots in a
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romney administration should there be one. that is the hard right of the party. the ryan budget, his plans for the entitlements. all of that is the blueprint of what a romney administration would be. no matter what romney is saying now or who, what clowns he's palling around with or what moderation he's trying. >> colin powell, the endorsement of president obama today, came with a bit of an indictment of mitt romney's changing views, specifically he called out the neoconservatives surrounding romney and advising him. this -- i was waiting for this endorsement in part because i did not know where it was going to go and i felt like it was significant in 2008. do you think this is a significant endorsement? >> yes. not as significant as it was in 2012 as it was in 2008, because mccain actually was a military guy. so for powell to undercut him was something else. and, you know, powell's not been as prominent in the public scene, even know, as he was then. but he was so good at explaining
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his reasons and to the extent that he's so logical and rational. this guy knows neocons. they're the ones who fed him the lies essentially about saddam hussein's wmd that he then had to sell to the united nations, to grease the skids for the war in iraq. so he speaks with real passion, i think, about it, and if people listen to him i think it will have an effect. >> yeah, those people, i just read kofi annan's book because i had him here on the show last week. kofi annan talks about, he opens and closes his book with the colin powell at the u.n. experience. he talks about how the bush administration took colin powell's credibility, wrung it out, used it what they needed to do and discarded him as soon as they used his credibility. colin powell, you know from when he speaks about these guys. >> he said it was one of the biggest mistakes if not the biggest mistake of his career. the extent his star is diminished in terms of an endorsement is exactly because
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he did that. he was certainly powerful in this endorsement. >> one last question for you. if it is basically a tie heading into election day, do you think a tie favors the incumbent or the challenger? >> i think it favors the incumbent. it seems to me this election is baked, barring some event we don't know. and, yes, there is a small undecided vote. i think it's about get out the vote. if you believe the romney campaign, oh, they have a much better get out the vote program in ohio because they're doing much more than was done by mccain four years ago. they're not measuring it against obama and the democrats. i think that's what it's about now. i think glenn beck is a pathetic effort on the romney campaign part to get out some crude part of the base. >> call me crazy. go to hell! call me crazy. >> that little rabbit, he looked like dr. no in the bond movie, didn't he? >> i was so hoping it was a fake rabbit until it moved. oh, no, it's alive! >> "new york" magazine's writer at large.
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always great to have you here. >> thank you. stay tuned. we have chris hayes ahead. and what frank just said about get out the vote and what that means and how it works between now and the 6th, that's next. [ thunder crashes ] [ female announcer ] some people like to pretend a flood could never happen to them. and that their homeowners insurance protects them. [ thunder crashes ] it doesn't. stop pretending. only flood insurance covers floods. ♪ visit floodsmart.gov/pretend to learn your risk.
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hey, if you have already voted this year, congratulations. i voted this past weekend. i voted absentee. i was ecstatic for 48 hours afterwards. if you already voted, your representational democracy thanks you. if you have not voted early yet but you are going to, stick around, because the next bit is for you.
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i want to ask you about this voter suppression thing. >> yeah. >> look at this billboard here. look at this billboard.
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show it. voters will be asked. but not required. that's a billboard, i think it was in colorado. and, you know, like, they make it look like you have to have this, but if you read the fine print it says you don't really have to. >> right. it's a problem. >> it's a little scary. >> now, you know, the justice department handles all these cases, so, you know, i can't weigh in on any particular state. here's one thing i know. that throughout our history our country's always been stronger when everybody had a voice. and it took a long time to make sure the franchise expanded to everybody, but we should be thinking about ways to make it easier for folks to vote, not to make it harder for folks to vote. and, you know, the -- [ applause ] and that's why -- you know, that's why this early voting is actually really terrific. and we want to encourage, obviously, everybody regardless of who you're voting for, make sure to take advantage of it and find out whether you can exercise early vote in your state.
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>> i thought that was such an interesting exchange when the president went on the "tonight show." jay leno asked the president about voter suppression. shows that item actually from pennsylvania there. and then the president condemns it, right? says we shouldn't have it. we should be trying to make it easier to vote, not harder. then he immediately pivots to early voting. the president making the argument that if the states for whatever reason are going to make it harder for people to vote this year, one way to beat that is to vote early. logistically, you know, it makes sense. if republicans in the states are going to change the rules to make you show new documentation you never had to show. reduce the time the polls are open in order to make the lines longer. if they're going to have people at the polls, challenging voters, trying to have voters thrown off the rolls to keep them from voting, no matter what the republicans are going to do in the states to keep people from voting this year, early vote can be a way around it. early voting, when it's convenient for you.
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if the lines are long the first day you try, you have the option of trying another day. if someone challenges you, if someone tries to mess with your eligibility, you have an i.d. issue, you will be able to get your vote cast. which might not be if you wait until election day and you have problems that day. we're at a time in the election when a change is happening. the democratic side it pivoting just fighting the republicans about republicans making voting harder and less accessible this year, democrats are pivoting from just fighting them to also telling people to not worry about it, to plan to work around these things. there's no use complaining about it now with 12 days out. the democratic line now is essentially, that the important thing is you just get it in there. you get it done. after two solid years of sounding the alarm on republican efforts to suppress the vote, the democrats' message now is, don't wine, don't worry, just do it. vote early.
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>> hello, everybody. >> hello. >> hello. this is so exciting. i get to vote early. this is the first time a president's ever early voted. that's pretty exciting. it makes such a difference so folks don't have to take off time from work. they can arrange it around their schedule. really is really good, really important. for all of you who have not yet early voted, i just want everybody to see what an incredibly efficient process this was. thanks to the outstanding folks who are at this particular polling place. obviously folks in illinois can take advantage of this, but all across the country we're seeing a lot of early voting. it means you don't have to figure out whether you need to take time off work, figure out how to pick up the kids and still cast your ballot. >> this photo op wasn't just a guy voting early today. this was the president of the united states essentially doing an infomercial for america for
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early voting. voting early. it slices, it dices, it juliennes. there are a million new stories about specific states and specific counties screwing with the voting process. remember we told you last week how the largest county in arizona, they were telling spanish speaking voters to vote on the 8th of november? and english speaking voters to vote on actual election day which is the 6th. now it turns out it's worse in that county. maricopa county it turns out is saying it handed out voter information book marks in the phoenix area, book marks that also told spanish speaking voters to turn up after the election day was over. northwest ohio, a county outside toledo mailed postcards to 2,000 voters with the wrong election date on them. again, like in arizona the date they are telling people to show up and vote is two days after the election. when the election will be over. this is a county where president obama beat john mccain by only 1,400 votes in 2008.
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but hey, it's not like ohio is expected to be close again this year. every day there are new stories about this of sketchy dealings in critical states and critical counties that all seem to err on the side of tricking people of having their vote cast. they never tell people to turn up early, right? the errors tell people to turn up late when the election will already be over. you know what, there is a time to be -- there's a time to fight this and there's a time to be mad about this. but there's also a time to just get it done. right? just make your plans. if they're going to try to mess with your vote, you get in there and vote early and get it done. if all the news of these shenanigans makes you feel like you trying to vote is going to be pointless and you shouldn't bother and it's going to too much of a hassle and they're not going to count your vote anyway, if that's how you feel, you're dissuaded from voting because you sense it's going to be futile, then their plan worked.
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don't let it work. don't put it off until the last minute when it might be too late. no matter who you are voting for, get it gone. there are lots of ways to
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every four years our nation turns its lonely obsessive eyes to ohio, the state on which the entire presidential election depends. the state no republican has ever lost and still won the presidency. but this national belly button of ours, this thing we can't
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stop staring at, this thing we call ohio, where we're once again checking the polls every day, every hour, the place called ohio is not the same ohio it was when barack obama won there. ohio has not been frozen in amber since 2008. in 2010, it was the republicans who swept to power in ohio in that great red tide election of 2010. after that election the republicans controlled the statehouse, the state senate and the governorship. republicans controlled ohio. once they found themselves in charge, ohio republicans got very ambitious very quickly. they passed a law to strip union rights in the state which led to protests in the streets. ohio republicans said they would take union rights away from police and teachers and firefighters and snow plow drivers and they did not care about the anger it generated. they had that majority from the 2010 election and they were going to use it to do what they wanted. three months after republican
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governor john kasich had to give his state of the state address over the shouted cat calls of protesters in the capitol, this truck rolled up at the secretary of state's office in ohio bearing 1,502 boxes of petitions. 1.3 million ohio residents had signed petitions calling for the reveal of the republicans' new union stripping law in the state. it turned in five times the number of signatures they had to turn in to put that thing up for repeal. five times. at the time it happened, somebody sent us this picture of her -- do we have this picture? yeah, there we go. of her republican firefighter husband who had voted for john mccain. can we scroll down? there we go. who had voted for john mccain. now standing out in front of his house with his yard sign calling for the repeal of republicans' union stripping law. this republican firefighter won against the republican party in his state thanks to all those petitions, they got the union stripping law on the ballot for repeal and ohio voted to repeal it by 22 points. it was not even close. it was a blowout.
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with that republican overreach, ohio republicans woke up the electorate and the electorate kicked them in the proverbial butt. you want to know who what was the activists in the fight in ohio, who was helping them in ohio with the machinery of the campaigning, leaflets, phone calling, door knocking, rallies, get out the vote, with the work that goes into a presidential campaign? who helped ohio do that work in 2011? it was the obama campaign. jeremy byrd, national field director for the obama campaign was on the ground in ohio joining the fight last year. they did not leave the state in 2008 after obama won it last year. they didn't leave the state in '08 and plan to come back now. the obama campaign has been working in ohio all along. after their big win in the 2010 midterms, the republicans thought they had taken ohio back. they thought they could put their stamp on ohio starting with their historic rollback of union rights. and, boy, were they wrong. the local papers described republican governor john kasich
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as humbled by that experience. but after the union rights thing just got trounced in the polls in ohio, it actually got worse for him after that and for the ohio republican party. because it wasn't just that setback over trying to strip union rights. governor kasich also signed a law that cut the time for early voting in half. three months after that first truck rolled up with the petitions to repeal his union law, look, the second truck rolled in to the capitol. this one with petitions to overturn the other law. this one with petitions to overturn the law against early voting. ohio voters just did not like that law, either. and, look, look who was there that day. obama for america. ohio. the obama campaign has been working in ohio all along, organizing these campaigns, working these interregnum elections in ohio. rather than risk losing another referendum by 20-some-odd points ohio republicans caved. when they saw the truck roll up with those petitions, they just
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caved. they decided to repeal their own law, themselves. they repealed their own law that would have cut early voting in half. they did try to cut early voting by other means later on, but not in half. and not the way that law would have had them cut it had they not caved. they caved on that. they had to. ohio republicans charged into power after 2010 with their big ambitious agenda and just got whopped or chomped i should say. listen to governor kasich describe the experience here. this is from january right after the union rights vote. >> and the one thing you have to do is if you're going to bring about massive change that's going to cause great unrest, i mean, i've learned this, you've got to prepare ahead for it. we won -- take a look at our record. you go out deep sea fishing, you catch a lot of sharks. we caught them. once in a while the shark eats you. okay? >> we caught some sharks, but once in a while the shark eats you. watch out for the shark, okay?
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republicans in ohio have been running against the obama campaign and the obama base. and an ohio that has not liked republican policies for the last two years. and republicans in ohio have not enjoyed the experience. on the other side, democrats in ohio have the benefit now of an engaged, experienced, rather electrified force of volunteers and political staffers who have been through two warmup rounds for this next election and won both warmup rounds by a lot and they seem to not want to wait to vote again. chris hayes joins us next. you can prevent gas with beano meltaways,
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and the one thing you have to do is if you're going to bring about massive change that's going to cause great unrest, i mean, i've learned this. you have to prepare ahead for it. we won -- you take a look at our record, you know, you go out deep sea fishing, you catch a lot of sharks. we caught them. once in a while the shark eats you, okay? >> once in a while the shark does eat you. that was ohio governor john kasich in january after he was eaten by voters who repealed his union stripping bill. they were on the way of getting rid of his bill to cut early voting in half in ohio. both big defeats came after republicans took control of the
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state and thought they'd be able to do anything they wanted. the backlash in that state, the fightback in that state seems to have set the stage for obama campaign organizing in the state of ohio in 2012, when ohio can't -- when obama campaign organizing in the state of ohio could not be more important to the outcome in 2012. sometimes the shark does eat you. joining us now is chris hayes, the host of msnbc's weekend morning show "up with chris hayes." also the author of "twilight of the elites: america after ameritocracy." >> it's great to see you. >> does fighting back make you stronger for your next fight? and does it depend on whether you win? >> yes, and yes. but there's even things that don't even defend on winning, so there is a huge logistical aspect to running a field operation in the state. and a big part of it is if you've ever seen glen gary, glen ross, before they can sell the real estate they need names of people to call to try to sell
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them the real estate. the first thing you have to do if you're organizing a state for any campaign is have names of people. names of people who are going to vote and names of people who will come and spend their time knocking on doors and doing things. and what a campaign like the sb-5 campaign in ohio did was you create this database of people, the kinds of people that you can reach out to who are going to be the people who show up on a saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. for the price of a cup of coffee are going to go out on an october day and knock on doors. strangers' doors and tell them you need to go out and do this and vote. so that doesn't go away. you build each of those every time you do a campaign. that organizational strength is a building block that you can step on. winning is an added benefit because that gets people excited. everyone wants to be on a winning side, not a losing side. the logistical part of it is as big a deal. >> make the comparison then in wisconsin. in wisconsin you definitely had the same logistical work done.
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and in wisconsin they did stop the stripping of union rights, but they tried to do something else which is they also tried to take down the governor through a repeal and they did not win that fight. so in that case you get the logistical work done by both sides. >> right. >> the republicans end up winning the ultimate fight though democrats are able to turn back the union fight. >> well, in wisconsin there was an incredibly potent countermobilization. that countermobilization wasn't just koch money and wasn't just grassroots. there was actual on the ground countermobilization particularly in the milwaukee suburbs, folks who are conservative activist folk who are on lists, phone trees, knocking on doors. wisconsin's closer than it should be. it's not just paul ryan. that countermobilization carries forward as well. i think that's part of the reason that wisconsin isn't a sure blue state in the way that i think we would think it would be at this point in october. >> i think -- in this conversation, and that analysis is why i think that wisconsin is redder than people think it is and ohio is bluer than people think it is. i think that in ohio the underappreciated thing is not
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just that there was a fight but that it was actually a total blowout. it was a 22-point blowout win. to have seen john kasic right now, maybe niki hayley right now, but it is close. i think he has never grown back to the size he was before that defeat. i think the republican establishment is pretty woosy before they were in 2010. winning does matter. it he affects people's behavior after they win and lose. >> which is why the republicans are putting such and effort on the conservative movement. >> we have to mobilize between elections. >> chris hayes. i feel like the idea of a
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weekend now is now obsolete. >> it is just the next weekday as far as we are concerned. we are in it to win it. we will be right back.
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he said even when life begins in a horrible situation of rape is that something that you would want to denounce. >> i think i would want to see the video. >> it is true that you do not have an exception when it comes to abortion. you are pro life in all cases. >> i think it is important to protect the life of the mother. i'm proud to be pro life. >> even in the possibility of rape?
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>> that is true. >> i've gotten to know richard. he is a gentleman he is a class act and a thoughtful guy. >> what is your reason for not supporting exceptions on abortion in cases like rape and incest. >> i do support exceptions to protect the life of the mother. i know this is an issue where people are passionate on both sides. >> we have a correction to make. at his debate tonight having to ap ser for his policy position the government should force the victim to carry the baby against her will.
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he said if a woman gets pregnant through rape it is god's will. josh mandel in ohio has been standing by his endorsement of murdoch even throw the god's will remarks. en reporting last night. despite the rape as god's will comments last night we reported why one of the reasons it would be hard for him to dismiss the remarks is because of paul ryan. >> when it come to rape and the issue of should it be legal for a woman to get an abortion? voo i'm very proud of my pro life record. the method of conception doesn't change the definition of life. >> the correction that we have to make is that we said the
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republican party is so extreme about this issue. the republican party has chosen seven u.s. senate nominees this year who hold that position. by not just paul ryan but these seven candidates. it is not seven candidates it is 12 of them. now we have 7 calls in. there are on the record statements from these nominees indicating that the government should force victims to give a abortions for rape against they're way. ill in 2004 she said she did believe in rape and
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incest victims should be able to make their own choice. >> ted is described in news reports as believing that the government should force rape victims to give -- against their way. when asked directly whether john mcgovern was asked, he said he is profoundly pro life. we await further confirmation again them. they pitched herself as 100% prelife.
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in west virginia, the republican candidate is john racey. he put forth & tie abortion position. he didn't believe in giving victims their own choice. we so far have not had an answer. there are others from home we did not have answers. our best guess is of the 28 non unbum bent u.s. senator hold the position that it should about the government's decision. i said 7 looks like it is probably 12. we'll keep us posted as the party continues to weigh in on this issue.

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